RRD WAVE CULT V6 82L 2016 TEST REVIEW
Having tested the 90L version of the V6 in our large wave board test last month, we were neither surprised nor disappointed when RRD asked for the smaller sibling to be tested in this month’s review. The second smallest in the four-board line-up, the 82 has the same reduced length and ‘squared-swallow’ tail of the 90 and comes supplied with MFC fins for a thruster set up, although possessing the extra slot boxes in the tail to be used as a quad also. And like the 90, there are five very wide-spread front strap inserts on offer on this 82. Although only advertised on the RRD site as available in LTD construction (tested here), we have it from a reliable source that a Wood version will also be in the range soon.
“ To cut a long story short, the final shape combines a reduced length into smooth proportionate flowing lines linking the cut off nose, and relatively wider tail when we compare it with the previous V5. The resulting outline is very compact without being excessively wide in the nose and tail producing a harmonious flow. Our “squared-swallow” tail enables the outline to be as parallel and straight as possible in the back section of the board. This increases the amount of the rail in contact with water during turns, giving the best grip and best possible drive.”
With the 90L setting the bar high in last month’s test, the 82 had a lot to live up to … and luckily, it didn’t disappoint! Surprisingly stable off the plane, it has plenty of float and bobbles up easily over white water on the way out, helped by the width and volume forward of the track. Provide the power and the V6 responds instantly, gaining speed efficiently and releasing easily onto the plane. The rider can really sense the drive and feedback from the fins, which inspires them to charge at ramps on the way out and exploit the control the V6 exudes, feeling light and compact in the air. Charging around a break, the RRD cuts through heavy seas effortlessly, the pronounced vee and concaves combining with the comfort of the deckpads and straps to make the ride smooth, whilst the unfaltering traction on the fins can’t help but build confidence. Like its larger sibling, the 82 was liked by riders of differing wave riding styles, happy to be turned off either the front or back foot. Some did comment that it seemed to stall on occasion if turned too hard on the front foot, but soon forgot any reservation they had as they adjusted for the board’s length and got the balance right on the next wave. As such, the Wave Cult is one of a new breed of all-round wave boards, offering a new standard of accessible performance that will flatter all who use it.
The 82 continues where the 90 left of in last month’s magazine, providing a wonderful mix of ease, versatility and practicality with the ability to push it as hard as you dare. A hit with all who tried it, the smaller V6 also comes well recommended.
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